Benton, Illinois

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Benton, Illinois

Introduction to Benton, Illinois

Benton, Illinois, in Franklin county, is 74 miles W of Evansville, Indiana (center to center) and 85 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri. There are 6,880 residents in the city.

Benton History

The city of Benton is the county seat of Franklin County, which was founded on January 2, 1818 and was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. The county was also platted in 1818. Benton, which was named after Thomas Hart Benton, a senator from Missouri, was incorporated in 1902. The city grew and developed due to the fertile soil that facilitated agriculture. Because of multiple railroads in Benton, industry also grew and flourished.

Benton and Nearby Attractions

  • Beall Woods State Park
  • New Harmony State Historic Site
  • Gen. John A. Logan Museum
  • Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area
  • Rend Lake

Things To Do In Benton

People may visit parks like Lake Murphysboro State Park, Ferne Clyffe State Park, Stephen A. Forbes State Park, and Fort Massac State Park. There are several museums nearby including Cape River Heritage Museum, Heritage House Museum, and William Jennings Bryan Museum. Places of historical significance, such as the New Harmony State Historic Site and the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, may also be visited. Local churches include First Free Will Baptist Church, North Benton Missionary Baptist Church, and Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

Benton Transportation

Williamson County Regional Airport is nearby.

Benton Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, John A Logan College, and Southeast Missouri State University.

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High Points

Benton strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Benton Affordability of Rents
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 18% Benton Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Benton, Illinois

Comparing Benton to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Female Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 2 2
Male Share of the Population 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2
Racial Diversity 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 2
Average Household Size 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 3 2
College Educated Adults 3 5
People Above Poverty 3 1
Median Family Income 2 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 9
Working at Home 7 7
Walking and Biking to Work 1 2
Public Transportation Use 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 8
People Living Alone 9 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7
Housing Recently Built 3 4

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Benton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 74 miles W of Evansville, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 85 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Franklin
Standard Zip Codes 62812
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.996
Longitude -88.92

Benton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station BENTON 2 N
Distance 2.5 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 45 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Station DU QUOIN 4 SE
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 40 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 43.9 inches
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Benton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,880 100%
Male 3,198 46.5%
Female 3,682 53.5%
Under 18 1,511 22%
18+ 5,369 78%
65+ 1,544 22.4%
Median Age 41.8
Average Family Size 2.86
White 6,792 98.7%
African-American 20 0.3%
Asian 19 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.1%
Other 4 0.1%
Mixed Race 35 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 35 0.5%

Estimated Benton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,930
Growth 50
Growth % 0.7%

Benton Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
US/American 23.5%
German 19.4%
English 19.1%
Irish 11%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.6%
Italian 4.3%
French (except Basque) 2.8%
Scotch-Irish 2.6%
Polish 2.6%
Scottish 1%
Russian 1%
Dutch 1%
Norwegian 0.8%
European 0.8%
Welsh 0.7%
French Canadian 0.5%
Swedish 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Czech 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Bulgarian 0.2%
British 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Benton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Barren (62812)
Eastern (62812)
Rend City (62812)
Steel City (62812)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Benton 6,880 $35,339
Buckner 479 $29,167
Ewing 310 $41,042
Orient 296 $22,188
Valier 662 $43,056
West City 716 $28,155
West Frankfort 8,196 $34,432

Benton Public Libraries

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Wal-mart in Benton

(As of 2006)
919 Giacone Drive
(618) 439-9453
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Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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